To apply for any position listed below, please provide (by email or regular mail) a cover letter expressing your interest in a particular listed opening, together with your updated resume, and, if you have any, legal writing samples (not more than two), and deliver to:
Faye F. Hee
Disciplinary Board Administrative Director
201 Merchant Street, Suite 1600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Email: [email protected]
Your submissions will then be reviewed by the ODC hiring committee.
Hearing Officer (Disciplinary & Reinstatement)
The Disciplinary Board of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court is seeking volunteers to serve as Hearing Officers to preside over formal disciplinary and reinstatement hearings. The Hearing Officer is an essential adjudicatory component in the regulation of the practice of law. Licensing of lawyers provides assurance that only qualified persons practice law. Lawyer discipline then serves to hold those qualified practitioners to the standards of the profession. Hearing Officers preside over formal disciplinary cases prosecuted by the ODC and make findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Disciplinary Board, subject to final review by the Hawaii Supreme Court. Similarly, Hearing Officers may preside over reinstatement proceedings brought by suspended or disbarred lawyers.
Deputy Disciplinary Counsel (Adjunct) [DDC(A)]
The Disciplinary Board of the Hawai̔i Supreme Court, through its operating arm, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel [ODC]), has a need for (outside-retained) Adjunct Deputy Disciplinary Counsel [DDC(a)], to supplement its regular professional staff – particularly from the neighbor islands or certain specialty practice areas. This is an hourly, part-time, non-employee, independent contractor position.
The DDC(a) will review and investigate complaints of alleged professional misconduct committed by Hawai̔i-licensed attorneys, and present written findings, analyses, and recommendations to supervisory disciplinary counsel. The DDC(a) must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with regular ODC staff. The DDC(a) will report to Chief and Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel. The DDC(a) may also be asked to assist ODC staff in the preparation and conduct of formal disciplinary hearings (trials) or briefing of post-hearing matters before the Disciplinary Board or Hawai̔i Supreme Court.
The DDC(a) should be familiar with the Hawai̔i Rules of Professional Conduct (HRPC), and the Hawai̔i Rules Governing Trust Accounts (HRGTA) and willing to learn the Rules of the Supreme Court of Hawai̔i (RSCH), and the Disciplinary Board Rules (DBR) as they relate to attorney discipline.
While these positions have been filled, you may submit an application that will be kept on file against any future openings.
Deputy Disciplinary Counsel, grade 3 (DDC3) Expired
The ODC has an opening for Deputy Disciplinary Counsel, grade 3 (DDC3). An entry level, full or part-time, position targeting recent law school graduates or recent admittees to the practice of law. The DDC3 will review and investigate complaints of alleged professional misconduct committed by Hawai̔i-licensed attorneys, and present written findings, analyses and recommendations to supervisory disciplinary counsel. DDC3 should expect to do a significant amount of “in-service training.” The DDC3 may also be called upon to assist more senior disciplinary counsel in the preparation and conduct of formal disciplinary hearings (trials) or briefing of post-hearing matters to the Disciplinary Board or Hawai̔i Supreme Court. Following an initial period of in-house training and team building, employment will be by remote technology, and DDC3 may physically reside anywhere within the State of Hawai̔i. Please see linked job description for more details.